Greater Halifax will be a major focus of Smith-McCrossin PC leadership, former party presidents Armstrong, Batherson named campaign co-chairs
Nova Scotia’s PC Party needs a new approach to win the support of voters in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Cumberland North MLA and PC leadership candidate Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin announced today.
At the launch of her Halifax campaign today, Smith-McCrossin said the results of the last five provincial elections from 2003 to 2017, during which the PC Party has failed to form a majority government, show that it’s time for change.
“It’s been almost 20 years since the PC Party won a majority government and it’s been almost 20 years since the PC Party won a significant number of seats and votes in the Halifax Regional Municipality,” said Smith-McCrossin. “As leader, I will work with our MLAs, candidates, party members and other citizens to develop a new strategy to connect Progressive Conservatives with Halifax voters who have not considered us to be a viable choice for almost two decades.”
Smith-McCrossin also named the co-chairs of her leadership campaign: former Nova Scotia PC Party Presidents Scott Armstrong (2006 to 2009) and Rob Batherson (2009 to 2012).
“Elizabeth is a breath of fresh air to Nova Scotia politics,” said Armstrong, an elementary school principal and former MP for Cumberland-Colchester. “Our team will reach out to Nova Scotians who have left our party or have never considered voting PC, but are now desperate to bring about a new reality to Nova Scotia after the dark days of Stephen McNeil.”
Batherson added that while he shared the belief of former Premier John Hamm that the PC Party would be well served by any of the five leadership candidates, he concluded that Smith-McCrossin has unique leadership advantages.
“Elizabeth is the kind of leader that doesn’t come along every day. With Elizabeth as leader, Progressive Conservatives will send a message to voters in Halifax and Nova Scotia that this is not your father’s or grandfather’s Tory Party,” said Batherson, a downtown Halifax business owner and candidate from the last provincial election. “Elizabeth is strong. She cares. She listens. She doesn’t claim to have all the answers and she’s willing to reach out. Elizabeth is the only candidate with direct experience in front line health care and our small business economy. I couldn’t sit on the sidelines and not roll up my sleeves to help Elizabeth become leader and premier.”
Highlighting the growing support for Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin in Halifax, today’s launch at Halifax’s landmark Neptune Theatre was hosted by small business owner, lawyer and actor Kate Mullan MacIsaac and corporate executive and chartered professional accountant David Boyd.